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WITH ISLANDERS SALE COMPLETE, NEW OWNERS TALK CHANGE
Published February 27, 1998
New York Sports Ventures (NYSV), headed by Steven Gluckstern and Howard Milstein, formally announced its $195M purchase of the Islanders yesterday at Nassau Coliseum, according to John Valenti of NEWSDAY. Milstein: "Today we make a personal pledge to our fans to create a first-rate experience, both on the ice and throughout the Coliseum." With that, the Isles announced the implementation of "Fan Forum," forums before six home games in March and April that will allow fans to talk directly to the new owners about the team. There are also plans to return to the original blue, orange and white jerseys with the original logo full time, "perhaps as soon as next season." The team also announced a staff "shake-up," including the dismissal of two "long-time members of the communications staff," VP/Communications Patrick Calabria and Dir of Special Events Maureen Brady. Team sources said that neither dismissal "was a reflection of performance and that the positions have been eliminated." However, NYSV President David Seldin said that his wife, Judy, will be responsible for managing future community relations programs, a position similar to the one she held with the NFL Jaguars (NEWSDAY, 2/27). Two season-ticket sales account execs were also dismissed (N.Y. POST, 2/27).